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U.S. Air Force hopes to use biofuels by 2012

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force is ready to switch to biofuels to help power its warplanes but the price of alternative fuels remains too high, military officials said Tuesday. Anxious to reduce its reliance on oil, the Air Force has approved the use of synthetic fuels for nearly all…

Senate report: The Latin American war on drugs has ‘largely failed’

A U.S. Senate subcommittee report this week called into question efforts to curb drug exports from Latin America, suggesting that billions in tax dollars had been wasted in no-bid contracts with no oversight on how the money was being spent or whether efforts were succeeding. The report comes just a…

Gaddafi vows to fight on as NATO airstrikes pound Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Waves of NATO aircraft hit Tripoli on Tuesday in the most sustained bombardment of the Libyan capital since Western forces began air strikes in March. By Tuesday afternoon, war planes were striking different parts of the city several times an hour, hour after hour, rattling windows and…

US says fighter jets still bombing Libya air defenses

WASHINGTON – US fighter jets are still carrying out bombing raids on Libya’s air defenses, the Pentagon said Wednesday, days after indicating American combat aircraft had withdrawn from NATO operations. US warplanes have attacked air defense targets in three strikes since April 4, when NATO assumed command of the air…

New air missions attack Gaddafi troops: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The United States used low-flying combat aircraft against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s ground troops, the Pentagon said Monday, but denied it was directly supporting the rebels. “We have employed A-10s and AC-130s over the weekend,” US Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, told…

US remains military muscle in Libya campaign

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States stepped aside to allow NATO to run Libya no-fly operations, but the US military’s enormous strike power remains the real muscle behind the coalition effort. Having held back before plunging into a mission with ill-defined objectives, Washington took the reins Saturday of a coalition…

Japan launches gargantuan quake rescue effort

TOKYO — Japan mobilised 50,000 military and other rescue personnel to spearhead a Herculean rescue and recovery effort, a day after being hit by its most devastating quake and tsunami on record. Every wing of the Self Defence Forces was thrown into frantic service on Saturday, with hundreds of ships,…

US to put military radar on Canada border: Senators

WASHINGTON — The US government will place military-grade radar along the border with Canada to thwart low-flying aircraft used to smuggle illegal drugs onto US soil, senators who sought the deployment said Wednesday. The lawmakers, all Democrats from states that border Canada, had asked for the beefed-up surveillance in a…

Gaddafi has lost legitimacy, must leave: Obama

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has lost legitimacy and must leave office, US President Barack Obama said Thursday. “The United States and the entire world continues to be outraged by the appalling violence against the Libyan people,” Obama told a press conference at the White House. “Going forward,…

Gates in China to bolster uneasy military ties

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in China on Sunday hoping to bolster uneasy military relations with Beijing, but voiced concern over the Asian power’s latest high-tech weaponry. The trip to China by Gates, his first since 2007, comes just 10 days ahead of a state visit to Washington by…

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